Introduction
The Inquiry
Education, Training, and Human Intelligence
Ingredients of Educatedness
Educatedness and Goals of Education
Who is an Educated Person?
Footnotes
Who is an Educated Person?

We are now ready to answer the question "Who is an educated person?"

An educated person is one who has undergone a process of learning that results in enhanced mental capability to function effectively in familiar and novel situations in personal and intellectual life. In order to function effectively in such situations, one needs to acquire:

  1. general information (knowledge),

  2. general thinking abilities involved in knowledge building and knowledge critiquing,

  3. general language abilities needed for clear, precise, and effective communication for epistemic purposes,

  4. the capability for independent learning with respect to (a)-(c), including the capability to engage in rational modes of inquiry, and, above all,

  5. the mind set that facilitates (a)-(d).

These are the ingredients of "educatedness". If we accept this characterization, it follows that educational programs should be so designed as to maximize the probability of learners achieving these goals in the educational setting.

 

 

 

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